Peach Crumble Steel Cut Oatmeal

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Happy Meatless Monday! I would like to welcome Deborah from Confessions of a Mother Runner to Meatless Monday as we will now be joining forces to co-host Meatless Monday (complete with thumbnails) to spread the movement, and help share the best meatless recipes around. We will still be celebrating Marvelous Mondays, as optimism and gratitude are always important, especially as the winter closes in, but we hope you will join with us in sharing your meatless meals every monday from now on.

Before we get into it further, why is Meatless Monday so important?

The environment

My capstone paper for my MBA was about sustainability within the Food system. As much as I hypothesized about the difference eating local would make, I was shocked to discover that meat consumption was significantly more damaging to the environment than importing foods. If every American household reduced their red meat consumption by once per week, this would achieve the same reduction in greenhouse gas emissions as every American household only purchasing locally.

 

Your Health

The overconsumption of meat products by the average American (or person in any Western World country) is contributing to the obesity epidemic, and a whole host of other health problems: heart disease, high cholesterol and diabetes, as well as increased mortality. I am by no means suggesting we all become vegetarians. I am definitely not going to give up meat, but simply saying that by removing it from your diet for one day per week, will give improve your health, and save an average of 800 calories (according to this research).

Your Wallet
We all know that meat is expensive, and by removing one packet of meat from your grocery bill each week, you will quickly save money, that can be used on other enjoyable activities (or other food if you are a foodie like me).

Starting the Week off Right

The weekend is traditionally the time that most of us tend to lose control a little and overindulge. Mondays are therefore the perfect day to start the week off fresh, and detox your body of the toxins you have put into it; especially with NFL sundays coming up!
Just in case that was not enough persuasion for you, here are some more facts from the Environmental Working Group
Over a year:
If you eat one less burger a week, it’s like taking your car off the road for 320 miles or line-drying your clothes half the time. 10
If your four-person family skips meat and cheese one day a week, it’s like taking your car off the road for five weeks – or reducing everyone’s daily showers by 3 minutes. 11
If your four-person family skips steak once a week, it’s like taking your car off the road for nearly three months. 12
If everyone in the U.S. ate no meat or cheese just one day a week, it would be like not driving 91 billion miles – or taking 7.6 million cars off the road. 13
Without lecturing you any more, here is my #MeatlessMonday recipe of the week…..

Somehow it is almost the end of the summer, which makes me a little sad. To make the most of the last of the summer fruits, I have been gorging on peaches while they are in season in Michigan. They are possibly my favorite fruit, and with the cooler morning temperatures, this recipe is the perfect transition from summer fruity, light meals into comforting fall options.

I hope you enjoy this as much as I did. The steel cut oats bring a delightful chewiness to the oatmeal, and the walnuts add a wonderful crunch. Dessert for breakfast? This is about the healthiest way you could trick your sweet tooth into thinking so.

Peach Crumble Steel Cut Oatmeal
 

Preparation time: 5 minutes 

Cooking Time: 10 minutes
Serves 1
 
Ingredients
 
1/2 tbsp butter
1/2 ripe peach, (half diced, half large chunks)
2/3 cup almond milk
1/3 cup steel cut oats
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 piece crystalized ginger (or 1/2 tsp fresh ginger)
1/2 tsp vanilla
Pinch of salt
1/2 tbsp brown sugar
2 walnuts, chopped

Instructions

Melt the butter over a medium high heat in a small saucepan. Cook for 2 minutes, or until almost browned. Turn the heat down to medium, and add the large chunks of peaches. Cook for 3-4 minutes so the edges of the peach are browned and caramelized.


Add the milk, and stir well. When the milk is almost boiling, add the oats, cinnamon, ginger, salt,  and vanilla. Allow to come to a boil, and turn down the heat to low. 


Cook for another 5-8 minutes, stirring regularly until the steel cut oats are at desired consistency (I like mine chewy so mine was closer to the 5 minute mark).


Stir in the brown sugar and walnuts, and serve with the diced peaches on top.

Nutritional Information 
 
352 calories, 21g fat, 591mg sodium, 28g carbohydrates, 10g fiber, 8g sugar, 0mg cholesterol, 11g protein

 

Are you sad summer is coming to an end, or excited for fall? What other reasons do you have to go meatless?

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